§ Mr. Gibb
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his answer of 2 December 1999,Official Report, column 288W, on refrigerator manufacturers, if he will list the regulations referred to in respect of employment, health and safety and environmental legislation. 
§ Ms Hewitt
A list of the main regulations in respect of employment, health and safety and environmental legislation is as shown. More generally, the overall number of regulations that impact on a business will depend to some extent on the size of that business and its particular sector of industry. The Small Business Service,510W which is to be formally launched in April this year, will consider the applicability and impact of regulations on businesses in different circumstances.
List of main Employment, Health and Safety and Environment RegulationsEmployment Legislation
The main duties on employers are set out in the:
- Employment Rights Act 1996,
- Employment Relations Act 1999,
- National Minimum Wage Act 1998,
- Working time Regulations 1998
- The Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999
- Race Relations Act 1976
- Sex Discrimination Act 1975
- Disability Discrimination Act 1995
- Equal Pay Act 1970
Health and SafelyThe Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974.
Other main pieces of generic health and safety legislation which may apply are:the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999;the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992;the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998;the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992;andthe Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995
There are three sets of regulations that apply specifically to refrigeration:The Energy Information (Refrigerators and Freezers) Regulation (SI 3076–1994)The Energy Efficiency (Refrigerators and Freezers) Regulation (SI 1941–1997)The Environmental Protection (Control of Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer) Regulations 1996 (SI 506–1996) implementing Council Regulation (EC) 3093–94 on substances that deplete the ozone layer.
In addition the refrigerator manufacturers also may need to comply with the Framework on Materials in Contact with Food (SI 2487–1990), and potentially with the following regulations on effluent discharge:The Environmental Protection Act 1990 (for Integrated Pollution Control); andThe Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 (for Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control).